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Prep Football: Vanlue will play

VANLUE — The Vanlue board of education is satisfied that enough players are interested in football to support a varsity team this fall, Vanlue Principal Traci Conley said Friday.
The program’s future had been in doubt after 10 students attended an organizational meeting earlier this month. Conley said football coach Chris Yeater contacted additional students who had expressed interest.
Those potential players, and their parents, signed a form committing to playing in the fall and participating in offseason workouts prior to the upcoming season.
Twenty-three students have given firm commitments to football, Conley said.
“We got a good response,” Yeater said.
“We’re hoping to be able to attract even more kids. The staff and I are looking over these numbers and putting position charts together, and we realized we’d be able to have a number of kids not have to play on both sides of the ball. That’s the kind of thing that will make our program stronger.
“We’d like to be in a position where we can play some junior varsity games on Saturdays.”
Vanlue had faced a Feb. 1 deadline to the Blanchard Valley Conference board of governors to declare if it wouldn’t field a team. Strict financial penalties would have been levied if the district had missed that deadline.
Conley said since the football program is maintaining its status quo, no communication with the BVC board was necessary.
“We only had to let them know if we weren’t playing, not that we were,” she said.

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Boys Basketball: Late free throws help Ottoville dump Kalida

KALIDA — Leading by just a point after three quarters, Ottoville rallied to outscore Kalida 17-8 in the final quarter to secure a 54-43 win Friday in Putnam County League boys basketball action.
The Big Green (6-10, 3-1 PCL) went 17 of 20 from the free throw line, including 12 of 14 in the fourth quarter.
Brandt Landin scored seven of his game-high 18 points during Ottoville’s run in the final period.
Tyler Roby hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and Luke Schimmoeller added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Big Green.
Devin Kortokrax scored 10 points and Randy Zeller grabbed eight rebounds for Kalida (9-6, 3-1).

ottoville (6-10, 3-1)
C. Bendele 2-0–4, Roby 4-4–15, Honigford 2-0″”4, Landin 6-6–18, Schimmoeller 3-7–13. TOTALS: 17-42 17-20–54.
kalida (9-6, 3-1)
A. Langhals 2-0–6, L. Langhals 2-0–5, Kortokrax 4-1–10, Gerdeman 3-3–9, Zeller 4-0–9, Miller 1-0_2, Recker 1-0–2. TOTALS: 17-52 4-5–43.
Ottoville 10 11 15 17 – 54
Kalida 11 9 15 8 – 43
3-Point GOALS: Ottoville 3-12 (Roby 3); Kalida 5-25 (A. Langhals 2, L. Langhals, Kortokrax & Zeller).
rebounds: Kalida 22 (Zeller 8); Ottoville 35 (Schimmoeller 11).
turnovers: Kalida 7; Ottoville 11.
junior varsity: Kalida 44-26.

UPPER SANDUSKY — Cody Clifford and Wes Vent combined for 39 points to power Upper Sandusky to a 70-57 North Central Conference boys basketball win over Wynford Friday night.
Clifford scored 20 points, hitting for 10 in Upper Sandusky’s 24-point third quarter. Vent knoed down 19 points and Cody Collins chipped in 10 as the Rams improved to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in the NCC.
Wynford’s Mason Davis led all scorers with 23 points.

WYNFORD (4-10, 2-6 NCC)
Roe 3-0–6, Miller 3-1–8, Pfeifer 0-0–0, Shutler 2-0–4, Teynor 1-0–2, Davis 8-3–23, Glowaski 3-0–6, Lear 4-0–8. TOTALS: 24 4-8–57.
Upper Sandusky (6-6, 5-3 NCC)
Clifford 7-3–20, Roeder 1-3–5, Miller 4-0–8, Vent 6-7–19, Collins 3-4–10, Frey 4-0–8, Myers 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25 17-22–70.
Wynford 9 13 18 17 – 57
Upper Sandusky 21 8 24 17 – 70
3-Point GOALS: Wynford 5 (Davis 4, Miller); Upper Sandusky 3 (Clifford 3).
turnovers: Wynford 13, Upper Sandusky 6.
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Riverdale broke the game open with by blitzing Crestline 26-8 in the third quarter as the Falcons rolled to a 71-54 North Central Conference boys basketball win over Crestline Friday night.
Chad Pever and Jimmy Fox led the Falcons (6-8, 3-5 NCC) with 18 points and five rebounds apiece. Lee Holderman added 15 points.
Nate Coffman popped in a game-high 20 points with 13 rebounds and Blake Hunger netted 10 for the Bulldogs (3-11, 1-8).

CRESTLINE (3-11, 1-8 NCC)
Cooke 0-2–2, Albright 0-0–0, Miller 0-1–1, Trent 2-0–5, Coffman 8-2–20, Biglin 1-0–3, Hurst 0-0–0, Sipes 1-0–2, Hunger 4-1″”10, Cooke 3-0–6, Cox 0-0-0, Music 3-0–6. TOTALS: 22-46 5-8–54.
RIVERDALE (6-8, 3-5 NCC)
Rickle 1-0–2, Pever 7-0–18, Hankins 0-0–0, Holderman 5-3–15, Snider 2-0–4, Searfoss 0-0–0, Fox 7-3–18, Frey 2-0–4, Loveridge 4-0–8, Pickett 1-0–2, Stewart 0-0–0. TOTALS: 29-74 6-10–71.
Crestline 15 16 8 15 – 54
Riverdale 13 25 26 7 – 71
3-Point GOALS: Riverdale 7-24 (Pever 4, Holderman 2, Fox); Crestline 5-8 (Coffman 2, Trent, Biglin & Hunger).
rebounds: Riverdale 30 (Loveridge 7, Frey 6); Crestline 29 (Coffman 13).
junior varsity: Riverdale, 51-26.
WAPAKONETA — Ottawa-Glandorf had a 15-8 scoring advantage at the foul line and needed every bit of it to knock off Wapakoneta 56-50 in a Western Buckeye League boys basketball matchup Friday.
The Titans (10-6, 4-2 WBL) shot 15 of 21 (71 percent) from the line, compared to the Redskins’ 8 of 13 (62 percent). Noah Bramlage led Ottawa-Glandorf with 14 points, and Brad Recker added 13, including four 3-pointers.
Adam Henderson had a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, for Wapakoneta (1-13, 0-5 WBL). Keaton Metz also scored in double figures with 12.

ottawa-glandorf (10-6, 4-2 WBL)
Schroeder 2-2–7, Trampe-Kindt, 1-3–5, Kuhlman 3-1–7, Recker 4-1–13, Zender 1-4–6, Blevins 0-2–2, Bramlage 5-2–14, Alt 1-0–2, Unterbrink 0-0–0, Wischmeyer 0-0–0, Osting 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17 15-21–56.
wapakoneta (1-13, 0-5 wbl)
Good 2-1–6, Morgan 1-4–6, Henderson 7-1–18, Metz 5-2–12, Crawford 2-0–4, Temple 2-0–4, Schmerge 0-0–0, Koch 0-0–0, Bruns 0-0–0. TOTALS: 19 8-13–50.
Ottawa-Glandorf 15 10 17 14 – 56
Wapakoneta 10 14 15 11 – 50
3-Point GOALS: Ottawa-Glandorf 7 (Recker 4, Bramlage 2, Schroeder); Wapakoneta 4 (Henderson 3, Good).

BLOOMDALE — Elmwood led after one quarter but a scoreless second quarter spelled disaster as the Royals dropped a 47-33 nonconference boys basketball game to Fremont St. Joseph on Friday night.
The Royals (3-12) led 13-10 at the end of the first frame before the Crimson Streaks went on a 16-0 run for a 26-13 halftime lead.
Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold netted nine points with four rebounds and three assists. Tayte Lentz netted eight points.
Fremont St. Joseph’s Marcus Kerr was the only player for either team to reach double figures as he tossed in 14 points.

Michael 3-1–8, Linke 2-0–4, Kerr 7-0–14, Yeckley 1-0–2, Veleba 2-0–6, Williams 2-0–4, Harrison 4-1–9. TOTALS: 21-35 4-7–47.
ELMWOOD (3-12)
Peter 1-0–2, Lentz 3-0–8, Childress 1-0–2, Baxter 1-0–3, Arnold 3-3–9, Jones 1-0–2, Solether 3-0–7. TOTALS: 13-35 3-5–47.
Fremont St. Joseph 10 16 12 9 – 47
Elmwood 13 0 8 12 – 33
3-Point GOALS: Elmwood 4-12 (Lentz 2, Baxter & Solether); Fremont St. Joseph 1-7 (Michael).
rebounds: Fremont St. Joseph 22; Elmwood 9 (Arnold 4)..
turnovers: Elmwood 10, Frenmont St. Joseph 6.
CONTINENTAL — Continental held a party underneath the Waynesfield-Goshen basket Friday night, and everyone on the roster attended as all 12 Pirates players scored in a 65-30 rout in a nonconference boys basketball game.
Austin Mansfield led all scorers with 13 points and Zach Schwarzman added 11 points and for Continental.
The Pirates (5-10) led 22-2 in the first quarter and 30-10 at halftime as Waynesfield-Goshen failed to get untracked early.
The Tigers (2-11) hit just 10 of 30 attempts (33 percent) from the field and were outrebounded 33-15.
Continental hit 46 percent (23 of 50) of its tries from the field.

Turner 1-1-3, Hennon 3-2–8, Metter 1-1–3, Lowe 1-2–4, Crumrine 0-2–2, Spillman 2-0–2, Crawford 1-1–5, Case 1-0–3. TOTALS: 10-30 8-20–30.
C. Williams 4-0–8, Rue 3-0–6, Baker 2-0-4, Mansfield 4-2–13, Stauffer 1-2_4, Schwarzman 4-2–11, Troyer 2-4–8, J. Williams 1-0″”2, Swager 0-1–1, Lawhorn 1-0–2, Prowant 1-2–5, Warnemont 0-1–1. TOTALS: 23-50 14-28–65.
Waynesfield-Goshen 2 8 10 10 – 30
Continental 22 8 17 18 – 65
3-Point GOALS: Waynesfield-Goshen 2-10 (Case & Crawford); Continental 5-11 (Mansfield 3, Schwarzman & Prowant).
rebounds: Waynesfield-Goshen 15; Continental 33.
turnovers: Waynesfield-Goshen 29; Continental 18.
junior varsity: Continental, 33-28.
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Boys Basketball: Arlington grinds out win over Leipsic

ARLINGTON — Jason Vermillion had to make an early decision he didn’t want to make.
The Arlington boys basketball coach had senior point guard Andrew Hunter sitting next to him in the first quarter, saddled with two fouls barely three minutes into Friday’s Blanchard Valley Conference game against Leipsic.
The Vikings, smelling blood, burst to a 13-5 lead. Back in came Hunter, and the Red Devils (10-2, 7-0 BVC) settled down and grinded out a 62-42 victory to keep their spot atop the league standings.
“At one time, he had two (fouls), and they had penetration come in,” Vermillion said. “He almost had No. 3 early in the second quarter, which would have been a killer.
“There’s no secret. Andrew on the floor for us is a good thing, and if he’s not, we’re going to have some issues.”
Hunter scored just six points. But his worth to his team was noticeable once he returned to the game after several minutes on the bench. Arlington didn’t turn the ball over a single time in a decisive second quarter as the Red Devils flipped a deficit that had reached nine points late in the first quarter to a 30-24 halftime lead.
“They did a good job of coming out and coming right at us,” Hunter said. “They did a good job of getting us in foul trouble right away.”
Leipsic, in fact, was already in the bonus by the time the first quarter ended.
“All the foul trouble we had to overcome is a testament to all the guys who gave us minutes in the first half to keep it close, and ultimately take the lead in the second quarter.” Vermillion said.
Hunter wasn’t the only Arlington player with foul trouble. Post Michael Blunk had to sit for a while with a pair of fouls, and Vermillion had to go deep into his bench as nine players saw the floor in the first half.
“It hurt us early on,” Hunter said of the foul issues. “Our teammates did a good job of stepping up while we were out. Guys were contributing on offense.”
Arlington did a couple of things to take control in the second quarter. First, the Red Devils clamped down on Leipsic’s Zach Kuhlman, who had burned them for 14 points through the first quarter and a half.
“Zach was really active and we lost him a couple of times,” Vermillion said. “You just can’t lose that kind of player. We’ll face some other scorers like that down the road, but he’s one of the top ones we’ll face all season as far as offensive threats go.”
Then, Arlington found its rhythm on offense. Blake Courtney hit a short jumper midway through the second quarter and Jordan Freed followed with a 3-pointer.
Hunter got to the line and hit a pair of free throws, and another Freed trey completed a 10-2 run that tied the game at 22-22.
What had started so well for Leipsic (7-8, 3-3 BVC) was lost as the momentum turned.
“I wish we could bottle up what we had the first 10 minutes of that game,” Leipsic coach Scott Maag said. “We took away everything they wanted to do, they were frustrated and we were attacking the rim.
“I think we surprised them. We attacked the rim pretty well. All of a sudden, we didn’t do it anymore. We’re not that good offensively to hurt people with our offensive sets. We have to get out in transition and make an extra pass to get a guy an open shot.”
Ridge Baab hit a 3-pointer for Arlington late in the first half and Freed nailed his third trey of the second quarter to put the Red Devils up 30-24 at halftime.
“It’s a huge mental edge,” Vermillion said of the shots to end the half. “With 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds, there’s going to be some doubts about ‘can we get this thing done.’ They persevered through it, made some plays at the end and this is a quality win for us.”
Arlington got it inside to Blunk in the second half, and the senior scored 11 of his team-best 17 points after halftime. Freed finished with 15 points, all coming on 3-point shots.
“The second half, we didn’t attack the rim and we settled for bad shots,” Maag said. “They got out and ran their offense. We talked all week about back screens, and they got layup after layup after layup on us.”
Kuhlman scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Vikings. Leipsic starts three sophomores, has a couple more coming off the bench, and Maag said the experience gap between his ballclub and Arlington was apparent.
“The second half, things started going badly so they threw the ball to Zach,” Maag said. “Four guys stood around, watched and let him try to do everything. To Zach’s credit he tried, but you’re not going to win basketball games with one guy.”

Leipsic (7-8, 3-3 BVC)
Cupp 1-1–3, M. Schroeder 2-4–6, Haselman 2-0–4, Mangas 0-0–0, Brown 3-3–9, Scheckelhoff 0-0–0, Kuhlman 6-7–20, R. Schroeder 0-0–0, Lopez 0-0–0. TOTALS: 14-37 13-24–42.
Arlington (10-2, 7-0 BVC)
Hunter 2-2–6, Freed 5-0–15, Starr 4-0–9, Blunk 5-7–17, Courtney 2-2–6, McDowell 1-0–2, Babb 1-0–3, Green 0-0–0, Glick 0-1–1, Speyer 1-1–3. TOTALS: 21-48 13-14–62.
Leipsic 14 10 10 8 — 42
Arlington 8 22 10 22 — 62
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 1-6 (Kuhlman); Arlington 7-22 (Freed 5, Starr, Babb).
rebounds: Leipsic 30 (Brown 8); Arlington 24 (Blunk 6).
turnovers: Leipsic 13, Arlington 8.
junior varsity: Arlington, 33-24.
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BVC Girls Basketball: Leipsic cruises against Van Buren

VAN BUREN — Leipsic held Van Buren to 11 first-half points while scoring 36 en route to an easy 76-33 win over the Black Knights on Thursday in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball.
Leipsic (14-3, 7-1 BVC) kept its BVC title hopes alive with the win. The Vikings need a win over McComb and Arlington to upset Liberty-Benton next Thursday to earn a share of the title.
Amerber Gerdeman led four Leipsic players who scored in double-figures with 17 points. Haley Gerten and Shaylynn Morman finished with 12 points each and Kelly Nadler added 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Vikings.
Lexi Hassan had seven points to lead Van Buren (3-13, 2-6), which was held to 17 percent (11 of 63), including 6 of 37 (16 percent) from inside the 3-point line.
Leipsic made 59 percent (32 of 54) of its field goal attempts and was 4 of 7 (57 percent) from 3-point range.

LEIPSIC (14-3, 7-1)
Ellerbrock 3-0–8, Scheckelhoff 3-0–6, Rieman 2-0–4, Morman 3-2-0–12, Gerdeman 6-5–17, Nadler 5-0–10, Gerten 5-2–12, Steffan 2-1–5, Niese 1-0–2. TOTALS: 32-54 8-18–76.
VAN BUREN (3-13, 2-6)
Wise 1-3–5, Endicott 2-0–4, Lasley 0-2-0–6, Hassan 0-2-1–7, Sudlow 1-2–4, Sturgill 2-0–4, McCracken 0-1-0–3. TOTALS: 11-63 6-13–33.
Leipsic 19 17 21 19 — 76
Van Buren 6 5 12 10 — 33
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 4-7 (Ellerbrock & Morman 2); Van Buren 5-26 (Ladley & Hassen 2, McCracken).
rebounds: Leipsic 47 (Nadler 14, Gerdeman 8); Van Buren 28.
turnovers: Leipsic 22; Van Buren 22.
junior varsity: Leipsic 41-11.
RAWSON — Kiley Scott and Megan Ritter finished with 18 points each as Cory-Rawson cruised to a 54-35 Blanchard Valley Conference victory Thursday night against Hardin Northern.
The Hornets, who improve to 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the BVC, built a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The Polar Bears hit just 28.9 percent (13 of 45) of their shots from the field and were outrebounded 36-21 in the contest.
Kylee Hooker tallied nine points and Holly Wilson added six points and seven rebounds for Hardin Northern (2-15, 1-7).

Campbell 1-2–4, Curtis 2-1–5, S. Schlatter 0-0–0, Watts 2-1–5, Madison 3-0–6, Roth 0-0–0, H. Wilson 2-2–6, K. Schlatter 0-0–0, Hooker 3-1–9, Dye 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-45 7-20 — 35.
CORY-RAWSON (6-11, 2-6 BVC)
Scott 7-2–18, Burkholder 1-1–3, Von Stein 0-2–2, Ritter 7-4–18, Tuttle 3-2–11, Heldman 0-0–0, Rettig 1-0–2, Galvan 0-0–0. TOTALS: 20-52 11-15 — 54.
Hardin Northern 4 12 5 14 — 35
Cory-Rawson 14 8 15 17 — 54
3-Point GOALS: Hardin Northern 2-12 (Hooker 2); Cory-Rawson 3-10 (Scott 2, Tuttle).
rebounds: Hardin Northern 21 (H. Wilson 7); Cory-Rawson 36.
turnovers: Hardin Northern 18; Cory-Rawson 11.
junior varsity: Hardin Northern, 31-9.
MCCOMB — McComb scored 26 points in the first quarter and 45 in the first half on its way to an easy 75-31 win Thursday over Vanlue in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball play.
Nora Hemminger finished with 24 points, Emily Clymer scored 21 and Brenna Dee added 10 for the host Panthers (11-7, 4-4 BVC).
Led by Clymer with six rebounds and Dee with five, the Panthers outrebounded Vanlue 22-16.
Vanlue, which trailed by 16 after first period and 41 at halftime, was led by Haley Bonham’s 10 points. Chloe Kromer and Jackie Kloepfer had four rebounds each for the Wildcats (3-14, 0-8).

VANLUE (3-14, 0-8)
Bonham 5-0–10, Gerschutz 1-0–2, Kromer 4-0–8, Hartman 2-1-0–7 (3), Kloepfer 1-2–4. TOTALS: 14-37 2-8–31.
MCCOMB (11-7, 4-4)
Hemminger 11-1–24, Buck 2-0–5, Dee 5-0–10, Hammond 1-1–4, Clymer 8-5–21, Herr 4-1–9, Reigle 1-0–2. TOTALS: 32-51 8-12–75.
Vanlue 10 4 8 9 — 31
McComb 26 19 15 15 — 75
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 1-7 (Hartman); McComb 3-7 (Hemminger, Hammond & Buck).
rebounds: Vanlue 16 (Kromer, Kloepfer 4); McComb 22 (Clymer 6,Dee 5).

ARLINGTON — Arlington outscored Pandora-Gilboa 45-32 after the first quarter to erase an early deficit and down the Rockets 62-51 in a Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball game Thursday night.
The Red Devils, who improved to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in BVC play, hit 51 percent (19 of 37) of their shots from the field and made 70 percent (21 of 30) at the free-throw line.
Pandora-Gilboa (8-8, 4-4 BVC) led 19-17 after the first period, but saw that lead evaporate behind a 12-7 Arlington run before halftime. The Rockets shot 37 percent (16 of 43) from the field and were outrebounded 32-17.
Sierra Nichols led the Red Devils with 16 points, Whitney Dodds added 11 points and eight rebounds and Hannah Johnson tallied five assists and five steals.
Pandora-Gilboa got 18 points and six boards from Megan Maag, while Olivia Maag notched 11 points and Anna Abelovska snatched six steals and five rebounds.

O. Maag 2-5–11, Watkins 1-1–3, Bre. Hovest 1-1–3, M. Maag 5-8–18, Abelovska 2-0–4, Bri. Hovest 0-0–0, McCullough 2-0–4, Hermiller 3-0–8. TOTALS: 16-43 15-22 — 51.
ARLINGTON (12-5, 6-2 BVC)
Webb 1-0–2, H. Johnson 0-5–5, Mains 3-0–8, M. Johnson 0-0–0, Dillon 2-2–6, McMath 0-0–0, Dodds 3-4–11, Heaster 1-4–6, Nichols 6-4–16, Alexander 3-2–8. TOTALS: 19-37 21-30 — 62.
Pandora-Gilboa 19 7 11 14 — 51
Arlington 17 12 14 19 — 62
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 4-13 (O. Maag & Hermiller 2); Arlington 3-9 (Mains 2, Dodds).
rebounds: Pandora-Gilboa 17 (M. Maag 6); Arlington 32 (Dodds 8).
turnovers: Pandora-Gilboa 22; Arlington 26.
junior varsity: Arlington, 48-16.

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Boys Basketball Roundup: Fast start propels Carey past Calvert

CAREY — Carey’s Jared Wentling and Zach Boes combined to outscore the entire Tiffin Calvert team as the Blue Devils crushed the Senecas 82-51 in a Midland Athletic League game on Thursday.
Wentling scored a game-high 28 points, and Boes added 24, including three 3-pointers. Bryan Powers also scored in double figures (16 points) for Carey, which outscored Tiffin Calvert 28-12 in the first quarter.
Mike Bennett scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Tiffin Calvert (4-10, 3-4 MAL).

tiffin calvert (4-10, 3-4 MAL)
Bennett 5-1–14, Smith 2-2–6, Burns 2-0–4, Behm 2-0–5, Ritzler 1-0–2, Ball 4-0–9, Sommers 4-0–8, Perry 1-1–3. TOTALS: 21-46 4-9–51.
carey (13-3, 7-0 MAL)
Holsinger 1-1–4, Boes 10-1–24, Powers 6-2–16, L. Wentling 1-0–2, J. Wentling 13-2–28, Rymer 2-0–4, Griffin 2-0–4. TOTALS: 35-53 6-8–82.
Tiffin Calvert 12 8 15 16 – 51
Carey 28 15 25 14 – 82
3-Point GOALS: Tiffin Calvert 5-7 (Bennett 3, Behm & Ball); Carey 6-11 ( Boes 3, Powers 2, Holsinger).
rebounds: Tiffin Calvert 12, Carey 31.
turnovers: Tiffin Calvert 15, Carey 12.
junior varsity: Carey, 41-33.
BASCOM — Old Fort raced out to a 34-16 halftime lead and got 18 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists from Hunter Perry to cruise past Hopewell-Loudon 51-31 Thursday night in Midland Athletic League play.
The Stockaders (11-4, 7-0 MAL) shot 35 percent (21 of 59) from the field and forced the Chieftains into 24 turnovers, while only committing eight.
Jon Lotycz contributed 12 points for Old Fort.
The Chieftains (8-8, 5-2) were paced by Ryan Lommerse’s 15 points and nine rebounds.

OLD FORT (11-4, 7-0 MAL)
Cleveland 2-0–6, Bannister 3-0–6, Steyer 4-0–8, Perry 7-3–18, Anstead 0-0–0, Lotycz 5-2-12, Bryon 0-1–1, Alexander 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-59 6-13 — 51.
Hill 2-0–4, Depinet 0-0–0, Lommerse 6-2–15, Feathers 0-0–0, Steinmetz 0-0–0, Bodart 0-0–0, Sadler 1-0–3, Salem 1-1–4, Sendelbach 2-1–5. TOTALS: 12-37 4-14 — 31.
Old Fort 15 19 12 5 – 51
Hopewell-Loudon 6 10 5 10 – 31
3-Point GOALS: Old Fort 3-18 (Cleveland 2, Perry); Hopewell-Loudon 3-17 (Lommerse, Sadler & Salem).
rebounds: Old Fort 29 (Cleveland 7); Hopewell-Loudon 32 (Lommerse 9).
turnovers: Old Fort 8; Hopewell-Loudon 24.
junior varsity: Hopewell-Loudon, 39-29.
ATTICA — New Riegel needed a fourth-quarter rally to avoid a major upset on Thursday when the Blue Jackets caught and overcame Seneca East 61-53 in Midland Athletic League boys basketball action.
Senior Jake Dryfuse led New Riegel (6-8, 5-2 MAL) with 18 points.
The Blue Jackets also got excellent play from 6-foot sophomores Grant Lescallett, who scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Austin Mathias, who knocked down two 3-pointers and added 13 points.

NEW RIEGEL (6-8, 5-2 mal)
Lascallett 4-4–14, Mathias 5-1–13, Cassidy 1-1–3, Ink 1-3–6, Dryfuse 8-0–18, Acree 2-0–5, Kirian 1-0–2. TOTALS: 22-49 9-16–61.
SENEA EAST (0-15, 0-6 MAL)
Caudill 8-2–20, Daniel 4-0–11, Diehm 2-0–4, Waggoner 1-0–2, Hall 1-0–2, Taylor 7-0–14. TOTALS: 23-49 2-4–53.
New Riegel 12 9 19 21 – 61
Seneca East 13 13 17 10 – 53
3-Point GOALS: New Riegel 8-21 (Lascallett 2, Mathias 2, Ink, Dryfuse 2, Acree); Seneca East 5-15 (Caudll 2, Daniel 3).
REBOUNDS: New Riegel 23 (Lascallett 9); Seneca East 26 (Caudill 10).
TURNOVERS: New Riegel 12, Seneca East 16.
JUNIOR VARSITY: New Riegel, 46-19.
BLOOMDALE — Trevor Solether’s 13 points and eight rebounds helped Elmwood rally from a 29-23 halftime deficit to defeat Woodmore 54-46 in Northern Buckeye Conference action Thursday night.
The Royals (3-11, 2-6 NBC) shot 39.5 percent (17 of 43) from the field and hit 76.2 percent (16 of 21) from the free-throw line, while edging the Wildcats on the glass 26-22.
Aaron Arnold added 11 points and Deven Peter handed out six assists for Elmwood.

WOODMORE (2-13, 2-7 NBC)
Matwiejczyk 2-3–8, Avers 3-1–9, Thorbahn 1-2–4, Speaker 0-5–5, Weis 3-1–7, Lewandowski 2-0–6, Mullin 1-0–2, Greulich 2-0–5. TOTALS: 14-45 12-19 — 46.
ELMWOOD (3-11, 2-6 NBC)
Peter 2-3–7, Lentz 0-2–2, Childress 3-2–8, Baxter 1-4–7, Buckingham 2-0–6, Arnold 4-2–11, Solether 5-3–13. TOTALS: 17-43 16-21 — 54.
Woodmore 13 16 8 9 – 46
Elmwood 16 7 13 18 – 54
3-Point GOALS: Woodmore 6-21 (Avers & Lewandowski 2, Matwiejczyk & Greulich); Elmwood 4-15 (Buckingham 2, Baxter & Arnold).
rebounds: Woodmore 22; Elmwood 26 (Solether 8).
turnovers: Woodmore 6; Elmwood 4.
FOSTORIA — Fostoria raced out to an early lead then hung on in the fourth quarter to beat Genoa 84-78 for the Redmen’s first Northern Buckeye Conference win of the season.
Kagen Brown led 10 Fostoria players with 18 points. Kaleb Bemis added 12 points and four assists, and Rayshon Martin added 11 points, Jayden Standon finished with 10 points and Hunter Abell pulled in nine rebounds to lead the Redmen (3-11, 1-7 NBC).
Luke Rightnowar had 30 points and Casey Gose added 24 for Genoa (7-8, 5-4).

GENOA (7-8, 5-4)
Kauder 1-0–2, Brennan 1-2–5, Goodrich 1-4–6, Gase 5-13–24, Brossia 3-0–8, Rightnowar 8-14–30, Adams 3-2–8. TOTALS: 22 33-44–78.
FOSTORIA (3-11, 1-7)
Agapiou 1-0–3, Stennett 4-0–8, Brown 6-4–18, Ka. Bemis 3-5–12, Ko. Bemis 1-1–3, Mauricio 2-0–4, Martin 4-3-11, Abell 3-1-7, Standon 3-4″”10, Matz 0-2–2. TOTALS: 27 20-32–84.
Genoa 8 18 19 33 – 78
Fostoria 18 22 17 27 – 84
3-Point GOALS: Genoa 4 (Brossia 2, Brennan & Gase); Fostoria 4 (Brown 2, Agapiou & Ka. Bemis).
rebounds: Genoa 31; Fostoria 31.
turnovers: Genoa 15; Fostoria 23.

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Boys Basketball: North Baltimore holds off St. Wendelin

FOSTORIA — Like the flip of a switch, North Baltimore saw its 11-point lead erased to a 42-42 deadlock with just 3 minutes to play against Fostoria St. Wendelin.
But junior Derek McMahan came through with the final three field goals to propel Tigers to a 50-42 Midland Athletic League victory.
“In the past, we would’ve just folded and said North Baltimore isn’t supposed to win this game,” North Baltimore coach Jon Eichar said after his team improved to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the MAL. “We told them to keep their composure and things worked out for us tonight.”
The Mohawks (5-8, 1-5) opened the final quarter with 10 points in the first two minutes, trimming the margin to 36-35, capped by a second-chance 3-pointer from senior Steven Murray.
Senior Jacob Frost answered with his fourth 3-pointer on the night for the Tigers, pushing the lead back up to four points.
“You have to be a leader and make sure the team plays smart to come out with a win,” Frost said.
Frost scored nine of his game-high 16 points in the first half while also making four steals.
“It’s a good momentum start, starting on a good note. From there you try to put them away and give them no hope at all,” Frost said.
But for most of the fourth quarter, the Mohawks had hope.
After senior Brady Rutter matched Frost’s 3-pointer, fellow senior Gabe Walters followed with a pair of free throws and a strong baseline drive, each of which tied the game at the time.
Walters had 11 of his 13 points in the second half to lead St. Wendelin while also recording three steals and two blocks.
But Walters saw a potential game-tying shot roll off the rim with 2:20 remaining and the Mohawks failed to score in the final three minutes.
“For some reason we stopped doing what we’d been doing and got out of whack with it,” St. Wendelin coach Jim Rutter said. “We’ve got to learn to hang with it and keep doing what’s been effective. We weren’t as patient in the half court … It’s all part of learning.”
The Mohawks got off to a slow start offensively, trailing 11-4 after one quarter, and finished shooting 53 percent (14 of 26) for the game despite converting just 1 of 16 from beyond the arc.
“We weren’t taking the ball to the basket. Once we attacked the rim in the second half, things got better,” Rutter said.
“We got confident enough to get a few shots to fall, but didn’t get enough to win the game.”
Nick Root chipped in 12 points and four assists for St. Wendelin, while Peter Campbell had 10 points and five rebounds.
Lane Bishop had 13 points and two steals, going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc as North Baltimore shot 37 percent (11-of-29) from the field.
McMahan played just eight minutes off the bench but nailed all four of his field goals to score eight points.
“We’ve asked Lane to shoot the ball all year. He hit his first shot and that helped him,” said Eichar.
“McMahan has come along very well as a big body inside that doesn’t mind contact.”

Frost 6-0–16, Bishop 4-2–13, McMahan 4-0–8, Trumbull 2-2–6, Watson 1-2–4, Wright 1-1–3, Newcomer 0-0–0, De Los Reyes 0-0–0, Nichols 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-46 7-16 — 50.
ST. WENDELIN (5-8, 1-5 MAL)
Walters 4-5–13, Root 4-4–12, Campbell 5-0–10, Rutter 1-2–5, Murray 1-0–2, Scudder 0-0–0, Frankart 0-0–0, Schetter 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-42 11-17 — 42.
North Baltimore 11 12 13 14 — 50
St. Wendelin 4 12 9 17 — 42
3-Point GOALS: North Baltimore 7-17 (Frost 4, Bishop 3); Fostoria St. Wendelin 1-16 (Rutter).
rebounds: North Baltimore 25 (Wright 6); Fostoria St. Wendelin 23 (Walters 7).
turnovers: North Baltimore 14; Fostoria St. Wendelin 17.
junior varsity: North Baltimore, 42-31.

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College Basketball: Little goes right for UF in 81-61 loss

Greg Kahlig wore a look of frustration most of the night. Shots that normally go down simply didn’t for the University of Findlay’s top scoring threat.
Not much went right for the Oilers in general Thursday night against Walsh, and the end result was an 81-61 loss to the Cavaliers in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Croy Gymnasium.
Kahlig, averaging 22.3 points per game coming, was 2 of 11 from the field. He missed five attempts from beyond the arc and managed only 8 points.
As team, the Oilers (13-4, 9-4 GLIAC) shot 36.2 percent (21 of 58) from the field and had no answer for the Cavaliers (13-3, 9-3), who seemed to click in every aspect.
“A lot of shots didn’t go in today for me, but credit them for that,” Kahlig said. “They played great. I thought we played hard, but they just beat us. There isn’t much else you can say.”
Findlay, which had its six-game win streak end, had its run of 14 consecutive home wins end as well. The loss was the Oilers’ fifth in the past 10 years at Croy.
The Cavs shot 45.6 percent (31 of 68) from the field and capitalized on a balanced attack with three players in double figures.
“You can look at us and say we didn’t do this and didn’t do that, but I think tonight was a night where they had a lot do with that,” UF head coach Charlie Ernst said. “They guarded Greg hard and didn’t make anything easy for him. We weren’t very well-prepared to take advantage of that.
“We had to have other guys step up and make shots, but we could never get a run going.”
It was tough from the start for the Oilers, who are now a half-game behind the Cavs in the GLIAC South Division and in a five-way tie for second in the overall standings.
Jesse Hardin nailed a trey to start the game for WU, and two more 3-pointers followed from Brad DuPont and Hardin as the Cavs opened up a 15-6 lead six minutes into the game.
The Oilers did respond. Jake Heagen, who lit up the scoreboard for 17 points, nailed a trey that cut the Cavs’ lead to 15-9. Kahlig hit a jumper and Sean Samsel launched up a shot from well beyond the arc that swished through and sliced the Cavs’ lead to 17-14 with 11:10 left in the first half.
Heagen tied the game at 23-23 with a jumper and Quaran Jones provided a spark off the bench as he tipped in a missed shot for a 25-23 UF lead. The Oiler trailed 37-34 at halftime.
The Oilers fell behind further to start the second half. Back-to-back layups by Davonte Beard got the Cavs started and a 3-pointer by Hardin capped a 9-0 run that pushed WU in front 46-34.
“I didn’t feel like we came out of the locker room with a sense of urgency,” Ernst said. “Sometimes, when you cut a lead to three, you relax a bit. We might have been better off being down eight or nine. We thought we were OK when we cut the lead to three. We weren’t OK.”
Kahlig won’t argue with that.
“They came out and took it to us after halftime,” Kahlig said. “We usually play really well at home, but they outplayed us tonight.”
Shots from the outside seemed to rim in and out often and layups were too strong. Kahlig did cut the WU lead to 53-44 as he nailed his only 3-pointer of the night, but the Oilers were unable to get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Chall Montgomery helped put the game away as he scored 17 for the Cavs. Hrvoje Vucic scored 16 points to go with eight rebounds, and Hardin added 16 points.
Dylan Kaufman was the only other player in double figures for UF, scoring 11 points to go with six rebounds.
Ernst said he thought his team competed hard the entire way, but one of the biggest roadblocks to a comeback was the lack of energy to rally late in the game.
“Because they had the lead, they could play their bench more and we had to stick with our starters for longer periods of time,” Ernst said. “We didn’t have the energy and legs to make a run. Maybe if we sub sooner, we can, but it’s tough to pull the trigger when you are losing control of the game.”
UF has no time to dwell on the loss. It travels Saturday to Canton for a 3 p.m. game against Malone (9-8, 7-6 GLIAC).
“We can’t let this loss affect us going into Saturday,” Kahlig said. “We have to bring the intensity and after it because we are playing another tough opponent.”

Walsh (13-3, 9-3 GLIAC)
Copeland 4-7 0-0 8, Vucic 7-13 2-2 16, Beard 1-2 0-0 2, DuPont 3-7 2-2 9, Hardin 5-14 2-2 16, Carter 0-3 2-2 2, Montgomery 6-10 3-6 17, Fletcher 4-10 0-1 8, Campbell 1-2 0-0 3. TOTALS: 31-68 11- 15 81.
Findlay (13-4, 9-4 GLIAC)
Heagen 6-15 1-2 17, Kahlig 2-11 3-6 8, Frilling 0-4 0-2 0, Baity 3-8 2-2 9, Kaufman 4-10 1-3 11, Gardner 1-2 0-0 3, Samsel 1-2 0-1 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Staley 1-1 0-0 2, Stern-Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 3-5 2-2 8. TOTALS: 21-58 9-18 61.
3-Point GOALS: Walsh 8-25 (Hardin 4-8, Montgomery 2-2, DuPont 1-5, Campbell 1-2, Vucic 0-3, Fletcher 0-3, Copeland 0-1, Beard 0-1); Findlay 10-25 (Heagan 4-9, Kaufman 2-5, Kahlig 1-6, Gardner 1-2, Samsel 1-2, Baity 1-1).
rebounds: Walsh 45 (DuPont, Hardin & Montgomery 8); Findlay 36 (Heagan 8, Kaufman 6).
ASSISTS: Walsh 15 (Copeland 5); Findlay 14 (Baity 5).
STEALS: Walsh 5 (Beard 2); Findlay 4 (Heagan, Kahlig, Kaufman & Jones).
BLOCKS: Walsh 2 (Vucic 2); Findlay 5 (Heagan 3).
TURNOVERS: Walsh 5; Findlay 9.
TOTAL FOULS: Walsh 18, Findlay 17.
FOULED OUT: Findlay, Kahlig.
HALFTIME: Walsh, 37-34.
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Friday’s scoreboard

Thursday’s Results
Midland Athletic League
Carey 82, Tiffin Calvert 51
Fremont St. Joseph 80, Lakota 62
New Riegel 61, Seneca East 53
North Baltimore 50, St. Wendelin 42
Old Fort 51, Hopewell-Loudon 31
Northern Buckeye Conference
Eastwood 71, Lake 63
Elmwood 54, Woodmore 46
Fostoria Senior 84, Genoa 78
Rossford 46, Otsego 45
Around Ohio
Andrews Osborne Academy 73, Elyria First Baptist Christian 17
Belmont Union Local 71, Rayland Buckeye 50
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. 66, Solon 48
Cin. Winton Woods 84, Cin. Glen Este 62
Cle. VASJ 54, Cle. Cent. Cath. 44
Cols. Africentric 69, Marion Harding 55
Cols. Centennial 67, Cols. Linden McKinley 44
Cols. Mifflin 78, Cols. Whetstone 34
Cols. Northland 41, Cols. Brookhaven 37
Crown City S. Gallia 55, Belpre 45
Gahanna Christian 57, Groveport Madison Christian 37
Grand River Academy 77, Lawrence School 54
Granville Christian 60, Mt. Vernon Academy 36
Ironton St. Joseph 56, Raceland, Ky. 51
Lancaster Fisher Cath. 77, Millersport 52
Madonna, W.Va. 66, Bridgeport 54
Mogadore 90, Atwater Waterloo 76
Ohio Deaf 45, Michigan School for the Deaf 18
Olmsted Falls 65, N. Olmsted 42
Powell Village Academy 56, High Street Christian 34
Racine Southern 57, Glouster Trimble 52
Friday’s Games
Blanchard Valley Conference
Cory-Rawson at McComb
Hardin Northern at Van Buren
Leipsic at Arlington
Liberty-Benton at Arcadia
Pandora-Gilboa at Vanlue
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Findlay at Toledo St. Francis
Fremont Ross at Lima Senior
Oregon Clay at Toledo St. John’s
Tol. Cent. Catholic at Toledo Whitmer
North Central Conference
Buckeye Central at Galion Senior
Bucyrus at Colonel Crawford
Crestline at Riverdale
Upper Sandusky at Wynford
Northern Ohio League
Ontario at Bellevue
Sandusky Senior at Willard
Tiffin Columbian at Shelby
Northwest Conference
Bluffton at Ada
Columbus Grove at Allen East
Convoy Crestview at Spencerville
Delphos Jefferson at Paulding
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
Delta at Wauseon
Montpelier at Evergreen
Patrick Henry at Liberty Center
Swanton at Bryan
Western Buckeye League
Elida at Kenton
Lima Bath at Lima Shawnee
Ottawa-Glandorf at Wapakoneta
St. Marys Memorial at Defiance
Van Wert at Celina
Firelands Conference
Ashland Crestview at Plymouth
Norwalk St. Paul at Monroeville
South Central at New London
Western Reserve at Ashland Mapleton
Green Meadows Conference
Antwerp at Fairview
Ayersville at Hicksville
Edgerton at Holgate
Wayne Trace at Tinora
Mid-Buckeye Conference
Lucas at Loudonville
Mansfield Christian at Howard East Knox
Mansfield St. Peter’s at Danville
Midwest Athletic Conference
Marion Local at Delphos St. John’s
Minster at Fort Recovery
St. Henry at New Bremen
Versailles at Coldwater
Northern Lakes League
Bowling Green at Sylvania Northview
Perrysburg at Maumee
Springfield at Napoleon
Sylvania Southview at Anthony Wayne
Putnam County League
Kalida at Ottoville
Northwest Central Conference
Lima Perry at Lima Temple Christian
Riverside at Upper Scioto Valley
Sidney Lehman at Ridgemont
Ohio Cardinal Conference
Clear Fork at Orrville
Lexington at Mansfield Senior
Mansfield Madison at Wooster Senior
Sandusky Bay Conference
Huron at Castalia Margaretta
Milan Edison at Sandusky St. Mary’s
Oak Harbor at Clyde
Port Clinton at Sandusky Perkins
Toledo City League
Toledo Bowsher at Toledo Scott
Toledo Waite at Toledo Start
Toledo Woodward at Toledo Rogers
Buckeye Border Conference
Edon at Pettisville
North Central at Hilltop
Stryker at Fayette
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Danbury at Toledo Christian
Gibsonburg at Cardinal Stritch
Maumee Valley Country Day at Northwood
Toledo Emmanuel Baptist at Ottawa Hills
Other NW Ohio Games
Fremont St. Joseph at Elmwood
Lima Cent. Cath. at Lincolnview
Waynesfield-Goshen at Continental
Saturday’s Games
North Central Conference
Upper Sandusky at Galion Senior
Northern Ohio League
Norwalk Senior at Willard
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Toledo Christian at Northwood
Other NW Ohio Games
Allen East at Fort Jennings
Arcadia at Hopewell-Loudon
Archbold at Tinora
Ashland Senior at Shelby
Buckeye Central at Carey
Castalia Margaretta at Woodmore
Celina at St. Henry
Clyde at Genoa
Continental at Columbus Grove
Convoy Crestview at Hicksville
Cory-Rawson at North Baltimore
Covington at Coldwater
Defiance at Anthony Wayne
Delta at Lake
Edgerton at Hilltop
Fairview at Bryan
Findlay at Lima Shawnee
Fort Recovery at Mississinawa Valley
Hardin Northern at Lakota
Indian Lake at Riverside
Kalida at Wayne Trace
Kenton at Upper Scioto Valley
Kidron Central Christian at Mansfield St. Peter’s
Lakewood St. Edward at Toledo St. John’s
Lexington at Fredericktown
Liberty Center at Fayette
Lima Bath at Bowling Green
Lima Senior at Van Wert
Lima Temple Christian at New Knoxville
Lincolnview at Delphos St. John’s
Loudonville at Clear Fork
Marion Harding at Jonathan Alder
Marion Local at Fort Loramie
McComb at Miller City
Milan Edison at Norwalk St. Paul
Minster at Jackson Center
Mohawk at Bucyrus
Montpelier at Antwerp
Napoleon at Ottawa-Glandorf
New Bremen at Botkins
New Riegel at Colonel Crawford
Old Fort at Maumee Valley Country Day
Olmsted Falls at Huron
Ontario at Mansfield Madison
Orrville at Wooster Triway
Otsego at Patrick Henry
Ottawa Hills at Evergreen
Pandora-Gilboa at Ada
Perrysburg at Toledo Start
Pettisville at Ayersville
Ridgemont at Vanlue
Riverdale at Arlington
Sandusky Senior at Sandusky Perkins
Sandusky St. Mary’s at St. Wendelin
Seneca East at New London
Sidney Fairlawn at Waynesfield-Goshen
Sidney Lehman at Tri-Village
South Central at Lucas
Springfield at Wauseon
Sylvania Northview at Bedford, Mich.
Toledo Emmanuel Baptist at Swanton
Van Buren at Bluffton
Versailles at Franklin-Monroe
Thursday’s Results
Blanchard Valley Conference
Arlington 62, Pandora-Gilboa 51
Cory-Rawson 54, Hardin Northern 35
Leipsic 76, Van Buren 33
Liberty-Benton 55, Arcadia 40
McComb 75, Vanlue 31
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Fremont Ross at Oregon Clay
Lima Senior 86, Toledo St. Ursula 47
Toledo Notre Dame 71, Findlay 29
Toledo Whitmer 53, Tol. Cent. Catholic 50, OT
North Central Conference
Buckeye Central 55, Galion Senior 41
Riverdale 59, Colonel Crawford 26
Upper Sandusky 65, Bucyrus 61
Northern Ohio League
Willard 49, Tiffin Columbian 33
Northwest Conference
Ada 46, Bluffton 42
Allen East 50, Columbus Grove 44
Delphos Jefferson 56, Paulding 43
Spencerville 54, Convoy Crestview 42
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
Bryan 54, Swanton 48, OT
Evergreen 53, Montpelier 32
Patrick Henry 87, Liberty Center 69
Wauseon 55, Delta 54
Western Buckeye League
Elida 57, Kenton 32
Lima Bath 62, Lima Shawnee 36
Ottawa-Glandorf 49, Wapakoneta 37
St. Marys Memorial 40, Defiance 32
Van Wert 61, Celina 42
Firelands Conference
New London 54, Monroeville 35
Norwalk St. Paul 63, Ashland Crestview 45
South Central 58, Ashland Mapleton 44
Green Meadows Conference
Ayersville 60, Hicksville 26
Fairview 41, Antwerp 24
Holgate at Edgerton
Wayne Trace 45, Tinora 36
Midwest Athletic Conference
Marion Local 52, Delphos St. John’s 41
Minster 52, Fort Recovery 28
New Knoxville 62, Parkway 38
St. Henry 45, New Bremen 30
Northern Lakes League
Perrysburg at Maumee
Springfield 48, Napoleon 43
Sylvania Southview 45, Anthony Wayne 34
Putnam County League
Kalida 69, Miller City 34
Northwest Central Conference
Upper Scioto Valley 69, Lima Perry 37
Waynesfield-Goshen 66, Ridgemont 18
Ohio Cardinal Conference
Clear Fork 47, Lexington 26
Orrville 57, Mansfield Senior 48
West Holmes 59, Mansfield Madison 40
Wooster Senior 57, Ashland Senior 50
Buckeye Border Conference
Hilltop 58, North Central 32
Pettisville 51, Edon 32
Stryker 48, Fayette 45
Toledo Area Athletic Conference
Cardinal Stritch at Danbury
Northwood 45, Gibsonburg 40
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Girls Basketball: Team effort propels L-B to BVC share

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Liberty-Benton’s defensive output was apparent from the opening whistle Thursday.
“We wanted to hold Glick and Cramer down the best we could,” Eagles coach Nate Irwin said. “They came in averaging about 36 points per game between them, so we knew if we didn’t contain them we were going to have to score a lot of points to win.”
Liberty-Benton did the job on defense, keeping Arcadia’s Courtney Cramer (17.9 ppg) and Molly Glick (17.8) below their averages with 16 and 10 points, respectively, in a 55-40 Blanchard Valley Conference victory that clinched at least a share of the league title.
Liberty-Benton, ranked eighth in the latest Associated Press Division III, poll improved to 15-1 and 8-0 in league play. The Eagles host Arlington on Feb. 6 with a chance for an unbeaten BVC season; Leipsic (14-3, 7-1 BVC) plays at McComb that night and remains in the league race.
“It wasn’t just one girl playing defense on Glick and Cramer,” Irwin said. “We knew it would take a team effort. There’s times when Molly just makes plays. You think you have her guarded, and the next thing you know she’s so athletic she just jumps through the lane and makes a basket.”
Cramer scored five points in the first quarter and her putback off an offensive rebound gave Arcadia (11-4, 6-2 BVC) a 17-13 lead with 6:21 remaining to halftime.
Thus challenged, Liberty-Benton responded with a 16-2 run to close out the half. Rachel Myers got things going with a 3-pointer and Lauren Kotey added a layup off an inbounds play to give the Eagles an 18-17 edge.
Another Myers 3-pointer and another putback off an offensive board, this time by Jensen Hiegel, stretched the lead to 23-17. Carrie Reynolds, Kotey and Myers added baskets as L-B went up 29-19 at the break.
That kind of balanced Liberty-Benton scoring was just what Arcadia coach Randy Baker was afraid of.
“They’re just a solid ballclub,” Baker said. “You have an inside-ouside game, you have kids who can shoot the ball, everybody can score. You can’t slough off on one, and when we did we paid for it.”
“We have a lot of players that can shoot,” Myers said. “If other teams slide over on one player, someone else can make a basket. So they guard her tighter, and that opens it up for someone else.”
Irwin, for his part, wanted some more effort on the glass after watching the Redskins grab seven offensive rebounds in the first half.
“We held them to 19 points in the first half and had a 10-point lead, but 12 of their points came from our mistakes,” he said. “We weren’t rebounding well. We were contesting their first shot pretty well, but the points we gave up were easy ones.”
Nicolette DeVincentis added a pair of 3-pointers for L-B in the third quarter and another to start the fourth as the Eagles stretched their lead to 19 points at 46-27.
Myers led the Eagles with 22 points, with DeVincentis adding 12, Kotey 10 and Reynolds 7.
“Balance has been key for us all season,” Irwin said. “Losing Katie Simon and her 18 points before the season left a big hole for us offensively, so we’ve had to have girls respond and they have.”
Arcadia was down but not out. Abbie Dauterman, who finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, put back an offensive rebound of her own shot. Cramer nailed a 3-pointer, Glick got inside for a pair of layups and Cramer finished an 11-1 run with a pair of free throws as the Redskins cut the L-B lead to 47-38.
“We don’t care who we play, we come into every game thinking we are going to win,” Baker said.
“I thought we were playing pretty well,” Irwin said, “but against a good team like Arcadia, sometimes they have a way of making it look like we weren’t. That’s what happens when you play a good basketball team. You’re trying to do the right thing and you can’t, because they’re just making good plays.”
Myers scored six points in the final couple of minutes to finish things off for the Eagles. She added five assists; Heigel led the Eagles with seven rebounds.
Liberty-Benton now turns its focus to a perfect league record and sole possession to the BVC title.
“The three teams we lost to in the league (McComb, Arcadia and Arlington) last year are our last three league games this year,” Myers said. “We knew the final stretch was going to be the toughest, and now we’ve beaten two of the three we lost to last year.
“We’re not satisfied. We don’t want to share.”

Arcadia (11-4, 6-2 BVC)
Mock 0-0–0, Kirian 2-0–4, Pina 0-0–0, Glick 4-2–10, Cramer 5-4–16, Dauterman 4-2–10, Ware 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-41 8-13–40.
Liberty-Benton (15-1, 8-0 BVC)
Trevino 0-0–0, Kotey 4-2–10, Myers 7-6–22, Hiegel 2-0–4, DeVincentis 4-0–12, Reynolds 3-0–7. TOTALS: 20-43 8-11–55.
Arcadia 13 6 8 13 — 40
Liberty-Benton 13 16 14 12 — 55
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 2-13 (Cramer 2); Liberty-Benton 7-21 (DeVincentis 4, Myers 2, Reynolds).
rebounds: Arcadia 24 ( Dauterman 10); Liberty-Benton 18 (Hiegel 7).
turnovers: Arcadia 13, Liberty-Benton 12.
junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 22-20.
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Prep Hockey: Findlay High set to host Eastwood

Findlay High School’s hockey schedule, altered a time or two this season because of weather, had to be revamped again this week when Centerville informed the school it would not be coming north on Friday for its nonleague matchup with the Trojans at the Huntington Bank Arena.
Findlay, which hasn’t played a game since competing in the Walsh Jesuit Tournament on Jan. 19, will still have a home game on Friday, however. Team officials were able to line up a contest with the Eastwood Eagles, a AA Midget program that pulls 14- to 18-year olds from Northwest Ohio districts that do not have school-sponsored hockey teams.
The teams are no strangers on the ice. Eastwood was one of the teams in the Findlay Christmas Tournament. Findlay won the head-to-head matchup between the two squads, 10-2.
Findlay (11-10-4) will hit the road over the weekend, heading to Indiana to face Hamilton on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Nobelsville in a 10 a.m. contest on Sunday.
Findlay will also be looking to wrap up Northwest Hockey Conference play before district tournament competition begins Feb. 13 at Tam-O-Shanter Arena. in Sylvania.
A NHC game with Bowling Green, postponed twice by bad weather, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Bowling Green State University.

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